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For Immediate Release:  June 29, 2017

AtlantiCare marks opening of second phase of
AtlantiCare Health Park, Manahawkin Campus

AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, held a ribbon cutting and reception at its new medical complex June 28. The event marked the opening of the second phase of the approximately $25 million-AtlantiCare Health Park, Manahawkin Campus. The facility opened to the public June 29.

David Levi MD Michael Charlton Michael Sheerin Lori Herndon Michael Owen John Spodofora Margaret Belfield Alan SmithAtlantiCare leadership and community partners cut the ribbon on the AtlantiCare Health Park, Manahawkin Campus June 28. From left to right are David Levi, M.D, DABR®, president and CEO, Atlantic Medical Imaging; Michael Charlton, chairman, AtlantiCare System Board; Michael Sheerin, senior vice president, Rothman Institute; Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare; Jatin Motiwal, vice president of AtlantiCare Physician Group and Regional Network; Michael Owen, corporate director, Real Estate and Construction, AtlantiCare; John Spodofora, Stafford Township Mayor; Margaret Belfield, chief operating officer, AtlantiCare; and Alan Smith, Stafford Township Council President.

Providers and staff gave guests an overview and tour of the new facility, which includes more than 90 pieces of artwork, including originals and commissioned works; welcoming, open spaces; and technological conveniences. The completion of the Health Park, which opened in its first phase in October, 2016, signifies AtlantiCare’s commitment to patients’ health and to providing a new healthcare experience in Manahawkin.

“We’ve long cared for those who live in, work in and visit Manahawkin and other Ocean County communities,” said Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare.  She noted AtlantiCare has been providing services directly in Manahawkin since 2012. “Now we are making it even more convenient for people in this region to get the primary, specialty, urgent and other care and service they need – and deserve.” Herndon thanked the more than 30 members of AtlantiCare’s Manahawkin Community Advisory Group for providing invaluable input into the project, and its Healing Arts Committee.

Artists Group shotThrough AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program, the works of 41 artists, including two-dimensional and three-dimensional original pieces; oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings; gicleé prints; mixed media art; photography; mosaics; ceramics; fabric art; collages; and sculptures, contribute to a healing environment. Pictured are Cheryl Broschard, Development & Cultural Project manager, AtlantiCare; Margaret Belfield, executive vice president and chief operating officer, AtlantiCare, and Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare, with some of the artists whose work is featured in the AtlantiCare Health Park, Manahawkin Campus during the ribbon cutting and reception marking the facility’s opening.

“We understand we need to go further than opening buildings and cutting ribbons. When AtlantiCare makes a commitment to a community, it does so with an eye toward everything that contributes to a community’s wellness,” said Michael Charlton, chairman, AtlantiCare System Board. “For AtlantiCare, though this building is new, what it will offer here is based on AtlantiCare’s longstanding vision of building health communities. What we are promising is a new healthcare experience for the Manahawkin Community – thank you for welcoming us and for partnering with us.”

Michael Owen Larisa Goganzer Lori Herndon Jatin Motiwal Margaret Belfield Dave GoddardLeft to right are Michael Owen, corporate director, Real Estate and Construction, AtlantiCare; Larisa Goganzer, assistant vice president, Support Services, Construction and Real Estate, AtlantiCare; Michael Charlton, chairman, AtlantiCare System Board; Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare; Jatin Motiwal, vice president, AtlantiCare Physician Group and Regional Network; Margaret Belfield, chief operating officer, AtlantiCare; and Dave Goddard, chairman, AtlantiCare Regional Health Services Board.

Programs and services that operated out of the building AtlantiCare opened in October, 2016 at 547 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, NJ (3,800-square-foot-facility, and former Pizza Hut building), are now located in the 517 Route 72 West location. They are:

  • AtlantiCare Physician Group (APG) Primary Care
  • AtlantiCare Clinical Laboratory
  • APG Cardiology
  • APG OB/GYN
  • APG Surgical Associates (general and bariatric surgical services)

Hours of operation for the Health Park are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Program and service hours within the facility might vary.

AtlantiCare Urgent Care will open in the first building in the Health Park July 2. It will be open seven days a week, including holidays, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Rothman Institute Orthopaedics plans to open in the facility in October. Atlantic Medical Imaging plans to open in early 2018.

“AtlantiCare is very proud of what we’ve accomplished over the last three years of planning this project,” said Jatin Motiwal, vice president, AtlantiCare Physician Group and Regional Network. “Thanks to our community officials and leaders, and to all of you, the Manahawkin Community will have great access to quality care in an environment that will make people feel good from the moment they arrive.” Motiwal also offered thanks to AtlantiCare’s many project and building partners.

Jatin Motiwal vice president APG and Regional Network addresses guests Jatin Motiwal, vice president of AtlantiCare Physician Group and Regional Network, addresses guests during the AtlantiCare Manahawkin Health Park ribbon cutting and reception June 28.

Facility features in the nearly 60,000 square foot building include:

  • Check in for all AtlantiCare services at a single point of entry – the Welcome area
  • Fingerprint/biometric kiosk scans for checking in, confirming appoints, and other documentation for AtlantiCare patients
  • A baffle ceiling and skylights over the Main Street section of the facility
  • Open social spaces that provide a “living room” atmosphere in lieu of traditional waiting rooms will include comfortable seating, end and high tables with charging stations,  and electronic interactive play devices for children
  • Beach and nature-themed décor and paint colors
  • Customer-friendly layout that uses back-of-the-house areas for answering phone calls and other work flows so staff can focus on customers
  • More than 90 pieces of art featuring the theme “healing through nature.” Through AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program, the works of 41 artists, including two-dimensional and three-dimensional original pieces; oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings; gicleé prints; mixed media art; photography; mosaics; ceramics; fabric art; collages; and sculptures, contribute to a healing environment.
  • A 2,200 square-foot Community Room
  • 22 patient examination rooms
  • In-room check-out for Primary Care and Cardiac Surgery/Cardiac Diagnostic patients
  • In-room blood draw capabilities for Primary Care and Cardiac Surgery/Cardiac Diagnostic patients
  • A beautifully landscaped outdoor garden area
  • Free Wi-Fi for patients, families and visitors
  • A Cardiology and Cardiac Diagnostics Suite that includes seven exam rooms; a stress echocardiography room; an ultrasound; a Holt/PACE room for patients who have Holter monitor and/or pacemaker needs
  • A Community Pharmacy, which will open in August
  • A café featuring light fare and a coffee and espresso bar, which will open in August

Jose Chora and Judy Leone CurrentsJose Chora and Judy Leone pose in front of Leone’s Currents. The piece is a series of five three-foot by eight-foot panels of ceramic, glass, and steel. It hangs in the building’s “Welcome” area, depicts coral and sea life and represents the ocean’s currents and tides. “I wanted this piece to display the restorative cycles of nature and the life-giving properties of the ocean,” says Leone. Chora’s aluminum sculpture Birds in Flight hangs in Main Street section of the building.

“We are very proud to have AtlantiCare here in our community,” said John Spodofora, mayor, Stafford Township. “The services AtlantiCare will be offering to the residents, not just in Stafford, but also in the surrounding area, are very needed. We hope that together we can make a big difference in the future of this entire area.”

About the building and design teams

The building and design teams for both buildings in the AtlantiCare Health Park, Manahawkin Campus included:

  • Architect and mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer – Stantec Architecture & Engineering, Philadelphia, PA
  • Structural engineer – O’Donnell & Naccarato Structural Engineers, Philadelphia, PA
  • Civil engineer – Schaeffer Nassar Scheidegg Consulting Engineers, Mays Landing, NJ
  • Construction Manager – O.A. Peterson Construction Co., Inc., Montclair, NJ
  • Project Management – Aegis Property Group, Philadelphia, PA
  • Landscaper – Reynolds Landscaping, Manahawkin

AtlantiCare identified the need for increased services in Manahawkin through patient feedback, focus groups, market research, a community advisory committee, and other ways. AtlantiCare purchased the two buildings on Route 72 West in 2015 in order to expand services it offers in Manahawkin.

About the AtlantiCare Health Park Model

AtlantiCare broke ground on its first Health Park in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey in 1999. It has since opened Health Park campuses in Hammonton, Atlantic County; Cape May Court House, Cape May County; and Manahawkin, Ocean County.  The consumer-focused parks are located in retail corridors convenient to the community.

For more information about the AtlantiCare Health Park Manahawkin Campus, view this video, visit www.manahawkinhealthpark.org, or call 609-597-3010. For information about other AtlantiCare programs, or to find a provider, call the AtlantiCare Access Center 1-888-569-1000, visit www.atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare.

Contacts:      
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org 
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-677-6016, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@atlanticare.org

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AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,500 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 90 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.

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